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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Barnard Griffin Merlot 2001
Barnard Griffin Merlot 2001
(search item no. 56249)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of black cherry and black current are balanced with oak, spice, nutmeg, and vanilla. Bright fruit flavors dominate in the mouth with a lively acidity and moderate but smooth tannins. This Merlot is complex and layered and displays the intensity that can be developed in Washington State. While soft and approachable for near-term enjoyment, the subtle structural tannins and acid backbone give this wine excellent potential for aging. It is a splendid match for rich meats, dark red pasta sauces, smoked grilled salmon and is beautifully matched with Cajun or spicy oriental foods!

"A river of red cherry opours out of the blacker, plum skin tannins, giving a wine that's concentrated, smooth and rich. It has a shine and trasparent elegance that raise it a notch above grapey and simple. And it has that full textural warmth that makes merlot a pleasure to drink."
-Wines & Spirits

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About Barnard Griffin Winery:

Barnard Griffin Winery was established in 1983 by Winemaker Rob Griffin and his wife, Deborah Barnard. Rob saw the opportunity to make great wine in Washington and moved north in 1977. Pleased with his move to Washington, he says "The northern latitude of Washington and the ideally drained sandy soils of the Columbia Valley make it possible to produce deeply concentrated wines of pronounced character."